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I Am a Leader: When Women Discover the Joy of Their Calling

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You feel it, deep in your bones: God is inviting you to join Him, to participate in His redemptive work in the world. And yet, as a woman leader, you face so many potential obstacles. Lack of clarity over your unique calling. Competing time demands. Changing seasons of life. Challenges such as self-doubt, criticism, and spiritual dryness. With nearly 30 years of ministry ...more
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Published March 3rd 2020 by NavPress Publishing Group
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    Stephanie Anderson
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book is excellent for any woman learning to navigate her calling. As a pastors wife, I found it very relevant to my life in the ministry. Thank you Angie!
    Kadi Cole
    Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Angie does an amazing job describing the different aspects of calling... and in a way that is both vulnerable and equipping. I think this book will be helpful for all of us who are trying to discern who we are and what next step God is inviting us to take. Thank you for this great book!
    Polly Lott
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Many good books have been written on the topic of leadership among those who follow Christ, who sense in their hearts and minds a calling to lead others with both their words and life example. This book is the best I have read that is focused specifically toward women who sense God has gifted and called them to be leaders in their churches and communities. Speaking from her broad range of ministry experience and careful studyand also as a wife and mother, Dr. Angie Ward understands and describes ...more
    Rebecca
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is the book I have been trying to find for years! My husband and I met in college with aspirations of going into ministry. At the age of 18, we had no idea what questions would come up regarding our calling(s) and how to practically live them out. Angie Ward goes after some of the hardest questions Ive had for the last two decades.

    In the section on Calling & Marriage, she gives a glimpse of what it might be like for a couple to take turns answering their individual callings and what
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    Tammi Van Drunen
    Feb 26, 2020 is currently reading it
    Angie Ward is unafraid to tackle many of the tough topics around leadership, particularly around leadership for women. I find myself thinking about what I'm reading multiple times in a week. Whether it's the encouragement around money and how it plays into following a call, ministry and marriage (and mommying), or even the daily challenges that leading can bring, I'm re-thinking and re-orienting my ministry life because of what Ward wrote.

    Ward weaves in numerous stories of women in very
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    Debbie McCall
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    "I Am a Leader" is such an important read for women. I love when she says "The question is not whether you have influence; the questions are: Where do you have influence, and how are you using that influence to bring honor and glory to God?" After confirming that I am a leader, no matter how different my role as a leader may look from others, she delves into our calling as a leader. Being the only female on our ministerial staff, and my upbringing in a religious environment that squelched female ...more
    DougJenk111213
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wish I had this book in my 20's or 30's but so thankful I read it in my late 50's. Needless to say, it is relevant for every season of life. Angie Ward made sure to be all inclusive of every woman from every walk of life, generation to generation, and in every season. I found something profoundly insightful within each chapter. I especially enjoyed reading the many brief testimonials and quotes from the many women she included in the book. It is not a scholarly or technical read, but an ...more
    Susie
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed reading Angie Wards I am a Leader. I most appreciated reading stories both from Angies personal experience as well as many other women who allowed her to share their journeys. Its a good feeling to come to the realization that I am not alone. ...more
    Timothy Koller
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    We need more voices like this. We need more people thinking rightly about how theology informs our living and to challenge us to live fully into what it is we say we believe.

    We live out of our identity--what we believe is true about us--and this is why it is so powerful to have Ward articulate: "If you have any type of influence in any kind of relationship, you are a leader. Let that sink in for a moment. If you have influence, you are a leader." She challenges every reader to own their agency
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    Katy Epling
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    "I Am a Leader" was exactly the book I needed to read right now! Reading Angie Ward's encouragement on how to discern our call AND how to navigate it through different seasons of life and situations was incredibly helpful. I found it both easy to read and challenging, which is a great (and rare) combination, and I feel better equipped to live out my call from God in the world. (And in case you're thinking, "That sounds great, but I'm not really a leader," you ARE. As she says in the book, "The ...more
    Kellie
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This is a must-read for all women in ministry! It was encouraging to me as a wife, mom and volunteer leader in ministry to see that my influence as a leader doesnt begin and end with me, but comes from God. It is up to me to seek him first for what is next in my ever-changing, ever-adventurous calling. ...more
    Emily P
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "I Am A Leader" is a book that is helpful to any woman who feels called to a leadership position in ministry. Ward's writing is peppered with sections of quotes collected from women who lead, highlighting what works and what doesn't.

    Each chapter has a specific theme that is applicable to those in ministry or seeking to become involved in ministry. I wish this book had been around when I first felt the call to ministry! This book challenges the reader to self reflect and discern their next steps
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    Mary Henton
    Angie Ward's I Am a Leader is a must-read for any woman and every woman, regardless of vocational or volunteer title, age, and relationship status. The book is rich in wisdom and experience: Angie's own, other women, and respected authors on the topic. The illustrations unveil thematic nuances often disregarded in discussions about women in leadership.

    The book addresses the sometimes thorny topics of calling and authority, calling and marriage, calling and the seasons of life, calling and money.
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    Jessica Widrick
    Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this thoughtful book. I've had encouragers in my life, telling me I'm a leader for a long time, but I've refused that role until recently. Angie's book has served as a gentle, encouraging guide as I explore what it means to be a leader as a woman, how my gifts and dreams are part of my calling as a woman leader, and how to navigate life while embracing my role as a leader. The thoughts from other women dispersed throughout the book assure me that I'm not alone in the journey.
    Lyle Milligan
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    After 50 years in "ministry " it's refreshing to see a book about women in ministry from a woman in ministry. Her perceptions and experience give validity to the Scriptural references Angie Ward shares so well. I highly recommend this book for a good Biblical direction for women in ministry AND women praying about their "calling" in ministry.
    Heather McKinley
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Dr. Angie Ward starts a needed conversation by writing this book. It explores so many aspects of being a woman AND being called including what this means in the myriad of lifes seasons. I highly recommend this book for women who have a feeling they should step into something more and men who would like to support their endeavors. ...more
    Ellie Jean
    I don't tend to think of myself as a leader. But this book is still for me and it's for you too. Practical, useful skills to lead you and to a better understanding of calling. Specifically geared to woman, too.
    Lori McFall
    Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    If you see the title of this book, "I Am a Leader," and think it isn't pertinent because you don't see yourself as a leader, I strongly urge you to think again, read the book, and realize that, according to Dr. Angie Ward, "If you have influence, you are a leader." Whether you are seeking where and how God is calling you or you have been settled comfortably in your calling for sometime now or you sense God preparing you for something brand new, "I Am a Leader" will be a great resource and guide ...more
    Cassia
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The question is not whether you have influence. The questions are WHERE do you have influence, and HOW are you going to use that influence to bring honor and glory to God? That statement from Dr. Angie Wards book really jolted me from my narrow concept of leadership. I feel like shes telling me and every woman who can get their hands on this book, Face it, sister, God has called you to be a leader. You get to start right where you are even while He develops you for bigger purposes. I loved that ...more
    Mary Elsbury
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Have you been sensing a call to impact your sphere of influence? In the new book, I Am A Leader by Angie Ward, women are encouraged to act on their gifts, experiences, and passions. Using Scripture to support her work, the author asks women Where do you have influence, and how are you using that influence to bring honor and glory to God? Filled with practical insights on how stepping into a leadership role will impact your finances, marriage, and season of life, this book shares stories of how ...more
    Elaine
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    One's calling is a mystery to most. And for women, well sometimes it's complicated. In "I Am a Leader," Angie Ward takes a behind the scenes look at what a calling is and what it means for us as women. Intertwined with her own transparent experiences are those of women leaders in ministry from all backgrounds in life. The challenges presented are real, the advice practical. Jesus taught on counting the cost of following Him, but many of us forget this important step before launching out into the ...more
    Emily
    Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    As I dig through my own personal issues with leadership and women and the role of both in the life of the church, "I Am A Leader" couldn't come at a better time. What is my role? What should I do? What CAN I do?

    "I Am a Leader" is about realizing that you already are - a leader who just happens to be a woman - and not what other people think you should be. Everything you need to be used by God for the Kingdom is already in you - it's about finding and celebrating that.

    "I Am a Leader" is full of
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    Sarah
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
    If you are a woman, with influence in any sector or sphere of ministry, and in any stage of life, you need to read this book! Dr. Angie Ward addresses what can for many be a "loaded topic" - women in ministry - and does so with grace, without ostracizing one side or another, and yet manages to challenge those of us on either side of the complementarian/egalitarian aisle. I appreciated her openness with her own struggles as a "leader, who just happens to be a woman," and her vulnerability and ...more
    Michael Nieves
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I found this book to be easy to read, engaging, informative, and eye opening. As a dude who spent years in ministry leadership and debating how women and the extent to which women are biblically permitted to exercise leadership within the church it was important to read a book from a women IN ministry leadership. I think women will find it refreshing and encouraging. I believe men will find it revealing.

    Its filled with stories of the authors life, research of the experience of other female
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    Atlee
    Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I will be buying several copies of "I am a Leader" by Dr. Angie Ward to hand out!
    This book needs to be in the hand of every Christian female and every male who has or wants women on their team. Angie does an incredible job debunking the myth that leadership is only a few chosen people. Almost everyone functions as a leader in some capacity.
    Throughout the book you will learn and hear from other women about the difference between your primary calling (always to Christ) and secondary calling which
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    Denise Totten
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    As a woman ministry leader I can't tell you how relevant this book was to me. It caused me to reflect, evaluate, and see the joy of my calling!

    "God wants to shape you through the discipleship process more than he needs to use you for a particular task elsewhere in the world." page 91

    Many things in the book moved me to contemplate. I am grateful for the opportunity to have read this.

    Much like how you feel when your favorite movie comes to an end I found myself not wanting this book to conclude.
    Meredith
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I appreciated Dr Angie Wards honest sharing of her experience as a woman leader in the church. There are certainly some dynamics unique to female leadership that are refreshing to read from another womans perspective. While I think its a book that would be helpful for those early in their leadership journey, I was surprised to read a significant amount that addresses those who have been in ministry for decades. I really appreciated her description of ministry and seasons. I have also thought of ...more
    Emily Hines
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    One of the most important things to know in ministry is that you are not alone. Ward's winsome book speaks to women in ministry and leadership with the reassurance of journeying together in the (sometimes) lonely waters of leadership. Scripture, testimony, anecdotes, and leadership principles intertwine to produce this encouraging and challenging book. Ward isn't scared to discuss the tough and real topics of women of all ages and life stages who are also in ministry and leadership. Definitely ...more
    Mandee Scott
    Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What an amazing book!!! Angie takes leadership and calling in a new and exciting way!! My husband and I have been looking to take on additional leadership roles within our church and this book came at the perfect time as were delving into these new roles. Her story and message will be encouraging to all!! Id highly recommend to everyone!!! ...more
    Cindi Raymond
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Love, love, love!!! Affirming the leadership of women called into the service of the Lord humbly, yet unapologetic. A must read for any woman who has ever lead in any capacity - or desires to lead for His glory!
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